Remington Arms: a former center of manufacturing

A Bridgeport firefighter works a home near the former Remington Arms plant. It caught fire Aug. 19, 2014.
Remington factory fire in Bridgeport. (WTNH Report It/Alex Socci-Brown)
Remington factory fire in Bridgeport. (WTNH Report It/Alex Socci-Brown)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) – Before it made news from building fires, the Remington factory on Barnum Avenue employed many state residents, contributing to the city’s reputation as the manufacturing center of the United States during World War II.

The ammunition was made in Bridgeport. But as the manufacturing industry declined, Remington finally sold the factory in 1986 to the RemGrit Corporation, according to the company’s Website. Later, in 2009, It was featured on television by the show, “Ghost Adventures.” It is currently slated for demolition.

The Remington company, founded in Ilion, N.Y., has made typewriters, ammunition, clothing, guns, cash registers and knives, among other items over the years.

Some independent businesses have called the building home since it was sold, and fires break out periodically in the large complex.


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